I have 30 years’ experience working in the field of mental health with adults, children and adolescents and their families and carers. I have worked in general and psychiatric hospitals, community adult mental health services, nurseries, schools, colleges, Pupil referral units, CAMHS, and Youth Offending services and currently work in a low secure adolescent unit.
I am able to work both verbally and non-verbally using the body, voice, percussion, art, drama and story.
As well as being a qualified Family and Systemic Psychotherapist I am also qualified as a Drama & Movement Therapist and a Psychiatric & General Nurse.
What makes my approach truly different – and so consistently effective for children and families, individuals and couples – is my personal take on the proven and popular therapy methods. If you want to talk, fine. We can talk. If you aren’t ready to talk, no problem. We have multiple options to help to understand and make progress.
Those working with me can safely expect to move from a place of discomfort to a place of improved self-acceptance and self-appreciation. These are foundational steps in developing increased confidence and effective relationships.
I am also able to work with adults and families where a family member has a mental health diagnosed conditions, including psychosis and schizophrenia, depression, bi-polar affective disorder, eating disorder, anxiety and OCD behaviours and individuals who have been given a personality disorder diagnosis.
Areas of Specialist Therapy:
Adult Mental Health:
Low mood, anxiety and OCD behaviours, depression, trauma, self-harm, suicide, difficulties with family and/or work relationships, breakdown, psychosis, Bipolar disorder, eating disorders, personality disorders, attachment difficulties, Dementia, Alzheimer’s.
Post-natal and anti-natal depression, and puerperal psychosis.
Relationship and communication issues, including sexual difficulties and/or considering parting or divorce.
Children / Young People:
Behaviour difficulties, Feeding difficulties, sleep, toileting problems, biting, hitting, temper tantrums, violence, aggression, self-harm and suicide attempts.
All ages: ASD diagnosis, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, ADHD, ADD, ODD and conduct disorder.
Anorexia, Bulimia or a mixture of both, including excessive laxative use.
Difficulty managing issues related to being, Lesbian/ Gay/transgender/bi-sexual/pansexual.
Victim, abuser or witness
Children or adults who have experience of sexual abuse.
Bereavement and Loss
Loss of a child, (including miscarriage and termination), or significant adult, through accident, illness or suicide, as well as divorce and being made redundant.
Physical Health issues:
Mobility issues, chronic fatigue, arthritis, fibromyalgia, brain injury, speech/ hearing problems, ME, MS, diabetes, Epilepsy, Cancer, Heart conditions and other organ malfunction.
Supervision of therapists using talking and creative arts